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Deal of the week: Get fresh in Hawaii
One thing Hawaii is known for is its “fresher than fresh” fish. Banzai Sushi in Haleiwa, on the North Shore of Oahu, serves some of the healthiest food. Raw, locally grown organic produce is used with the fish to create sushi and the seared ahi (fish) furikake served with micro greens and a shu shoyu dressing is a favourite of many. Four-night Hawaii holidays on selected dates in May and June are priced from $1609pp, double-share, from Auckland, or from $1769pp from Wellington or Christchurch. Return Air New Zealand airfares are included. Book by March 11. Travel between May 17 and June 11.
Contact: FlightCentre, 0800 427 555 or flightcentre.co.nz
Reading Festival package
Ten days of music and travel in the United Kingdom is what the Reading Festival is all about — a tour that weaves its way through quaint villages and buzzing cities on its way to Reading for the festival. Headline acts such as The 1975, Post Malone and the Foo Fighters await festival-goers. Nine nights’ accommodation, which includes four nights’ luxury camping, many meals, transport and an expert trip manager and a driver are covered by the trip price of $2560pp, twin-share. Flights from New Zealand are additional.
Contact: your own travel agent or Contiki, 0508 266 8454 or contiki.com
Relax or rev it up
Skippers Canyon, near Queenstown, is peaceful and breathtakingly beautiful — a place where you can completely relax or seek an adrenaline rush from outdoor activities such as exploring the rugged Skippers Rd by 4WD. Three nights in Queenstown and return airfares start at $645pp, twin-share, for travel from Wellington or Christchurch, or from $729pp from Auckland. This package comes with daily buffet breakfasts at your 4.5-star accommodation and an afternoon tour of Skippers Canyon. Book by March 4. Travel from May 3 to June 2, or from June 5 to 18. These airfares are based on travel from Fridays through to Mondays.
Contact: Flight Centre, 0800 427 555 or flightcentre.co.nz
New Zealand in luxury
Luxuriate aboard the ultra-luxurious Seabourn Encore as she cruises on an Auckland return trip in the New Year of 2020. Priced from $11,599, double-share, for a Veranda Suite, this trip is all about New Zealand — from Auckland to Oban, Stewart Island, with Waiheke Island, Milford Sound and Kaikoura ports along the way. The two-week long cruise departs on January 6. Your fare will assure you of “welcome aboard” champagne, unlimited drinks on board, specialty dining and no tipping is required. Book by March 31.
Contact: Our Cruise, 0800 400 498 or ourcruise.co.nz
Singapore just the start
Spend two nights in Singapore, then relax in a luxurious resort in the Maldives, with a tour package that begins with your flights from Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch. Priced from $3699pp, twin-share, there are selected departure dates between August and October. Your stay in the Maldives is at Adaaran Club Rannalhi Maldives and the nine-day package includes 16 meals.
Contact: TripADeal, 0800 555 260 or tripadeal.co.nz/deals/1910-9-daymaldives-singapore
Hit the right notes in Sydney
Stay at Vibe Hotel Rushcutters Bay and stroll down to the Sydney Opera House to enjoy the performance of the stars of Opera Australia singing some of opera’s greatest hits. These 90-minute concerts are relaxed, taking place on summer afternoons as the sun sets. Two nights’ accommodation and a Reserve Ticket to Great Opera Hits are priced from $259pp, double-share. There are options to upgrade or extend your stay. Travel between July 6 and August 9, or between August 25 and September 30. Book by September 27.
Contact: helloworld Travel, 0800 303 132 or helloworld.co.nz